'Being Mean Is So Last Millennium'

The CEO styles of Nardelli, now out at Home Depot, and Boeing's likable McNerney are a study in contrastsand comeuppance

When Robert Nardelli and James McNerney lost the horse race to succeed Jack Welch as head of General Electric (GE), the two men had very different reactions. McNerney immediately swallowed his disappointment and told Welch that he had picked a great guy in Jeffrey Immelt. A devastated Nardelli pressed Welch to know why he didn't get the job. Didn't he have the best numbers? What did Immelt have on him? Why wasn't he the guy? The bitterness was palpable, say insiders.

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